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Definitions for revenue
ˈrɛv ənˌyu, -əˌnurev·enue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gross, revenue, receiptsnoun

    the entire amount of income before any deductions are made

  2. tax income, taxation, tax revenue, revenuenoun

    government income due to taxation


  1. revenuenoun

    The income returned by an investment

  2. revenuenoun

    The total income received from a given source

  3. revenuenoun

    All income generated for some political entity's treasury by taxation and other means

  4. revenuenoun

    The total sales; turnover.

  5. revenuenoun

    The net revenue, net sales.

  6. Etymology: Recorded in English from 1433, "income from property or possessions", from revenue, from "a return" (modern French 'revenu'), the prop. feminine past participle of revenir (=modern French), from revenire, from re- + venire

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Revenuenoun

    Income; annual profits received from lands or other funds.

    Etymology: revenu, Fr.

    They privily send over unto them the revenues, wherewith they are there maintained. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    She bears a duke’s revenues on her back,
    And in her heart scorns our poverty. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Only I retain
    The name and all th’ addition to a king;
    The sway, revenue, beloved sons, be yours. William Shakespeare.

    Many offices are of so small revenue, as not to furnish a man with what is sufficient for the support of his life. William Temple.

    If the woman could have been contented with golden eggs, she might have kept that revenue on still. Roger L'Estrange.

    His vassals easy, and the owner blest,
    They pay a trifle, and enjoy the rest:
    Not so a nation’s revenues are paid;
    The servant’s faults are on the master laid. Jonathan Swift.


  1. revenue

    Revenue is the total amount of income or earnings generated by the sale of goods or services related to a company's primary operations. It is also referred to as "sales" or "turnover" and serves as the starting point for a company's income statement which is then reduced by expenses to calculate profit or loss.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revenuenoun

    that which returns, or comes back, from an investment; the annual rents, profits, interest, or issues of any species of property, real or personal; income

  2. Revenuenoun

    hence, return; reward; as, a revenue of praise

  3. Revenuenoun

    the annual yield of taxes, excise, customs, duties, rents, etc., which a nation, state, or municipality collects and receives into the treasury for public use

  4. Etymology: [F. revenu, OF. revenue, fr. revenir to return, L. revenire; pref. re- re- + venire to come. See Come.]


  1. Revenue

    In business, revenue or turnover is income that a company receives from its normal business activities, usually from the sale of goods and services to customers. In many countries, such as the United Kingdom, revenue is referred to as turnover. Some companies receive revenue from interest, royalties, or other fees. Revenue may refer to business income in general, or it may refer to the amount, in a monetary unit, received during a period of time, as in "Last year, Company X had revenue of $42 million." Profits or net income generally imply total revenue minus total expenses in a given period. In accounting, revenue is often referred to as the "top line" due to its position on the income statement at the very top. This is to be contrasted with the "bottom line" which denotes net income. For non-profit organizations, annual revenue may be referred to as gross receipts. This revenue includes donations from individuals and corporations, support from government agencies, income from activities related to the organization's mission, and income from fundraising activities, membership dues, and financial investments such as stock shares in companies. In general usage, revenue is income received by an organization in the form of cash or cash equivalents. Sales revenue or revenues is income received from selling goods or services over a period of time. Tax revenue is income that a government receives from taxpayers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Revenue

    rev′en-ū (earlier rē-ven′ū), n. the receipts or rents from any source: return, as a revenue of praise: income: the income of a state.—n. Rev′enue-cut′ter, an armed vessel employed by custom-house officers in preventing smuggling.—adj. Rev′enued.—ns. Rev′enue-en′sign, a distinctive flag authorised in 1798 in United States; Rev′enue-off′icer, an officer of the customs or excise; In′land-rev′enue, revenue derived from stamps, excise, income-tax, &c. [Fr. revenue, pa.p. of revenir, to return—L. revenīrere-, back, venīre, to come.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. revenue

    In cases of revenue proceedings, the law harshly provides that the onus probandi is to be on the claimant, however injured.

Editors Contribution

  1. revenue

    An amount of income.

    Government generates its own revenue and apportions it to various elements of society.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'revenue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2569

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'revenue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2434

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'revenue' in Nouns Frequency: #877

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of revenue in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of revenue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of revenue in a Sentence

  1. Crocs CEO Andrew Rees:

    Amidst a global pandemic in 2020, we will deliver the strongest revenue in Crocs' history, our brand momentum is exceptional, and we anticipate another record year in 2021.

  2. Jason Furman.However:

    There will be tax increases. There's no doubt about it, the reason is we need the revenue. And we don't have the discipline to cut spending.

  3. Mike Lanman:

    A large portion of our revenue comes through connectivity but a significant part of it comes from the application layer already.

  4. Santiago Olivera:

    We started accumulating debt since March that resulted from paying salaries and rents without generating any revenue. I had to take loans from banks. We accumulated more debt month after month from taxes, utilities and rents.

  5. Clay Travis:

    Before they pay anybody else, before they pay for all of the facility. Before they pay for anything, they have to get to $14.6 million in advertising revenue just to justify being able to make $100,000 on this show, there are going to be a lot of ESPN employees that watch this show and they’re going to sit around and say: ‘Wait a minute. They fired hundreds of people at this company. How many of them could they have kept and let Michelle Beadle go?’.

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